Old Vines Riesling Brut
This sparkling wine is as distinct as our single vineyard site, and with only 200 cases made, it’s poised for special celebrations and those seeking something very unique from BC.
Bright straw in colour, this wine opens with a persistent, fine bead in the glass and a delicate mousse. Intense aromas of citrus, apple and pie crust waft from the glass – pure and complex . The palate is lush yet holds great tension with mineral undertones and hints of grapefruit flesh and tart apple. A classic Champagne character pairs beautifully alongside what you’d expect from our Old Vines Riesling – concentrated flavours and naturally bright acidity.
Following primary fermentation, the base wine was put to bottle and left en tirage for two years to quietly undergo its secondary fermentation on lees. Once ready, the wine was awoken from its slumber and disgorged in early Spring of 2017 with a light dosage from our stunning 2014 Old Vines Riesling.
The 2014 growing season has been classified as one of the warmest on record. Interestingly enough, it produced an outcome that most of us don’t normally associate with hot weather – a slowing of the grape ripening process. This happens when daytime temperatures rise above 35C. The vines shift into a protective mode and go dormant.
A chilly September finished out the ripening phase in a truly, cool season fashion. As a result, the wines from this vintage are decidedly bright and complex.
Like all of our wines, this Pinot Noir was grown and produced at our historic, 75-acre estate in South East Kelowna. We continue to farm as sustainably as possible without the use of herbicides or pesticides.
92 POINTS – “Ultimate breakfast wine — and arguably one of the best BC wine sparklers we’ve tasted. This Tantalus Traditional Method Brut 2014 Old Vines Riesling sports a fine stream of bubbles with aromas of citrus and green apple notes, before a broadly textured but elegant palate, with yeasty and leesy notes, lemon zest and appealing mineral core before a persistent, lingering close.
92 points and just plain wicked.”
Tim Pawsey, The Hired Belly (Vancouver Courier/The North Shore News), May 2017
92 POINTS – “Striking, potent and direct, with a sharp chalkiness, green apple chisel, red apple grip, smoked stone in a driving, persistent, linear frame. For all its intensity, this impressive fizz, from 1978 planted vines, streams lightness and lift. This spent two years on the lees before disgorgement in spring 2017, and a dosage of Tantalus’ Old Vine Riesling (wow). Electric and nervy, with a lingering white grapefruit pith, this is an energetic wine in youth, and one that will continue to deepen and build with cellaring. Memorable.”
Treve Ring, GismondiOnWine.com, July 2017
92 POINTS – “From southeast Kelowna this very riesling bubble comes from 35-40 year old vines in a single block planted to the Mosel clone 21B. Tantalus winemaker David Paterson makes this striking sparkling in a dry as the Okanagan desert style with such an implosive, focused and intense personality. This sort of taut can’t be pulled off by just any fizz but not only does this succeed in its preciseness it’s riveting and delicious. The fineness of acidity here finds few parallels in B.C., partly because of the vineyard and also because the winemaking deals in necessity. How else should this block of riesling translate to traditional method sparkling wine? There is no other way. Drink 2017-2026.”
Michael Godel, WineAlign.com, December 2017
91 POINTS – “This intriguing, complex traditional method sparkler is from a single block of riesling vines planted in 1978 – the oldest in the Okanagan. Riesling bubbly is often slim, simple and fruit centred – this one has some real complexity and depth. Very generous aromas of pear, honey, wildflower, riesling petrol and light brioche are nicely compacted. It is medium bodied, firm and dry with just a hint of honeyed sweetness. The length is excellent. It’s different, intriguing and it is well made.”
David Lawrason, WineAlign.com, December 2017
91 POINTS – “I have to say, I really very very little reference point for this style of bubbly. Unlike most riesling sparkling wines, this is made with the traditional method (second fermentation in the bottle), and it’s also considerably riper and more tropical fruit and honeycomb flavoured than the mean, even for old vine table riesling let alone bubbly, The palate is likewise fleshy and full, very dry, more fruity than biscuity, with very good to excellent length. The net result is a wine of multiple dimension, more suited to the table I’d say rather than pre-dinner sipping, with fine complexity and excellent length. It’s a head turner, well worth looking for.”
John Szabo, WineAlign.com, December 2017